Cryptogramophone presents artists like Nels Cline, Bennie Maupin, Alex Cline, Jenny Scheinman, Todd Sickafoose, Myra Melford, Zeena Parkins and others who aren't afraid to explore the far reaches of artistic vision and instrumental technique. Creativity is all about emotion and technique coming together in the moment -- the moment when composition and improvisation meet to create art. 

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The Adorables

Zeena Parkins and The Adorables

The Adorables is the latest band by Zeena Parkins, harpist with Bjork, and a stalwart the NY downtown scene. The Adorables features Shayna Dunkelman and Preshish Moments.

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For People in Sorrow

Alex Cline

Alex Cline, twin brother of guitarist Nels Cline, is a talented drummer, percussionist and composer in his own right.  For People in Sorrow is a poignant re-imagining of the landmark composition by Roscoe Mitchell recorded live at the 2011 Angel City Jazz Festival.

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Open Source

The Jeff Gauthier Goatette

A Downbeat Rising Star as both producer and violinist, Jeff Gauthier’s new release Open Source is his sixth CD as a leader.

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The Veil


bb&c is an explosive three-headed monster featuring Brooklyn alto saxophonist Tim Berne, downtown drummer Jim Black and the ever-exploring Nels Cline on guitar.

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Bennie Maupin is best known for his atmospheric bass clarinet playing on Miles Davis' classic Bitches Brew album, as well as other Miles Davis recordings such as, Big Fun, Jack Johnson, and On the Corner.

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